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Materazzi gets "a head" in soccer

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 10th 2006 5:36PM
I don't really follow sports, and I definitely don't keep track of what's going on as far as the World Cup is concerned, but a couple blogs are mentioning a recent scuffle between Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi that culminated in Zidane headbutting Materazzi and sending him flailing to the ground. If you look at the lovely GIF of the incident, it looks as if Materazzi is actually being headbutted in the chin and neck, which means Zidane's aim isn't very good. Speculation is abound over just what set Zidane off, but apparently it had something to do with a racist comment that was made by Materazzi. All I know is that I've never understood headbutting as a form of fighting, as it would seem to do just as much damage to you as your opponent. This is why soccer players should carry knives ... wait, no.

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Liza

ahhh you're wrong, maybe from that little GIF it looks like he didn't hit the chest, but if you watched the game, he hit him right square in the chest. it was crazy! he just fell right down! ouch!

July 11 2006 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

You sure don't undeestand the technique of head bunting. Lucky you!
I first came across it as a kid when someone unexpectedly head bunted me in the face/forehead. Ugh! The technique is for the bunter to use the part of his (or her) head above the forehead. This is much stronger than say a forehead. The bunter feels the impact, but without ANY pain. The buntee feels very sharp PAIN immediately and sometimes lights out.
A bunt to the buntee's chest is actually far less alarming (normally leaves little to no mark) but can knock the buntee off his feet (a la Zidane incident).
My conclusion was that Zidane wanted to shock Materazzi, rather than injure him.
Bunting is basically street fighting, used in close quarters and have absolutely no place on a soccer field.

July 10 2006 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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